Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wings Around the World – Annual Open House

 Many of you are familiar with our Annual Open House.  It is always held on the third weekend of October, this year being on October 20 and 21, from 10 am – 4 pm. 

Open House is a free event, and definitely one of my personal favorites.  It’s a great event for the whole family.  This year, guests are in for an extra special treat.  WBS staff and birds have been working hard all summer to bring the most unique show ever to our Open House 2012.

This year we are adding some of our very special non-native birds to the shows.  These birds have been away for the summer wowing audiences in WBS’s bird shows at the Milwaukee County Zoo and Stone Zoo in Boston. 

You will marvel at the beauty and magnificence of Tsavo, our Bateleur Eagle as he takes his maiden flight in our amphitheater at this year’s Open House.  Watch and listen to the silent flight of an adorable Tawny Owl.  Don’t think vultures are beautiful?  Wait until you see our gorgeous King Vulture!  Witness the special talents of the snake wrangling Red-legged Seriema. 

We will also still have everyone’s old favorites such as a flying Harris’ Hawk, a falcon, owls and a Bald Eagle flight that just might take your breath away.

This year we will also feature special educational shows and displays in our Outdoor Classroom which is located at our Monsanto Environmental Educational Center, by our very special guest: The Butterfly House.  There will be Missouri Native Arthropods on display, in addition to the presentations.

As with every Open House, you will be able to take Behind the Scene tours of our Breeding Barn, Animal and Behavioral Training Center and our Wildlife Hospital, which are normally closed to the public. 

We will also have free children’s activities and a craft center. 

“The Raptor Project” will close out each day with a concert held in our amphitheater, playing everyone’s favorite environmentally friendly and educational tunes, featuring many of our own animals.  Make sure the kids wear their dancing shoes! 

WBS will be offering a photo opportunity with a live bird of prey, face painting, concessions and souvenirs for a nominal fee.

Be sure to bring your cameras!

Open House comes but once a year, so make sure to mark your calendars.  You won’t want to miss this year’s new and improved line up.

Save the date:
*            Saturday, October 20
*            Sunday, October 21
Time:  10 am – 4 pm

For directions to our site Click Here 

As always, for the safety of our animals and our other guests, no pets please.

Open House sponsored by Ameren Missouri
Submitted by Billie Baumann, World Bird Sanctuary Outreach Coordinator

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